Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus
All you have to do is to believe. Believing is the beginning of the process of making dreams come true and in this community we have a lot of believers. Seminole County is full of community-minded individuals who work tirelessly to make our home a better place to live, visit and work. This column is a thank you to each of those people and to one of those people in particular.
Yes, Virginia Harrison, there is a Santa Claus. I know that for a fact, because in Seminole County, your are one of his head elves.
Your commitment to the betterment of this community is an inspiration to us all and one of the driving forces for action. On a regular basis on the pages of the Donalsonville News you will read about a community project, function or committee, and at the end of just about every one of those articles, you will find the same sentence: “For additional information contact Virginia Harrison.”
You work tirelessly to make this community better and I, for one, am taking this opportunity to thank you.
The list of your commitments and the ideas you have injected into this community’s effort to be a better place are almost endless. Because of you, and all the other people in the community you have Virginianized, we have the Scarecrow Invasion, Olive Theatre workshops and productions, Ladies Day Out fashion shows, Holiday Open House, the Spirit of Christmas Parade, Paws in the Park, etiquette classes and community clean-up and recycling campaigns. And because you and Alton have your own garden, I even find bags of fresh produce hanging on my front door.
Thank you Virginia Harrison for bringing out the Virginia in all of us. Thank you for inspiring us, thank you for nagging us and thank you for believing that as a community we can create a better place to be and truly believe in that idea ourselves.
There are countless Virginias in our community that make a positive difference each and every day, but since the holiday season is upon us I thought it was appropriate to use the title of one of the most famous editorials and make a point about the effectiveness of community inspiration and leadership.
Thank you, Virginia Harrison for inspiring us to aspire to not settle for good enough, but to go beyond just getting it done and reach all the way to the best we can be.
The underlying theme in the famous editorial, Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus, is to believe. Just have faith and believe.
Your efforts and inspiration, combined with the same from all the other Virginias, the get-it-done-ers in this community, are what makes the vision of our dreams come into focus.
Virginia Harrison, thank you for multiplying our inspirations and magnifying our desires for community involvement. A thousand minutes from now, Virginia, nay 10 times 10,000 minutes from now, may your inspiration continue to drive us to be a better citizen and help us to continue to make glad the hearts of all in Seminole County.
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